The Book of Living and Dying (2012)

31 May 2012 – 2 June 2012 @ Black Box, Festival Village


A daughter faces her transvestite father’s impending death. However, her last lap with him does not come smoothly, as she unearths his suppressed secret which wreaks emotional hell on the parent-and-child relationship.

It is not the father’s penchant to cross dress that drives a wedge between the two — that is open knowledge. It is something else.

While the horrified daughter struggles with the emotions that run riot through her, her father, trying desperately to discern the meaning of life, is greeted by divine visions that connect him to the past.

During these moments, he realises that the kinship with his daughter was wrought not when he adopted her — but at the genesis of the universe.

They had spent numerous lifetimes together, not always as father and daughter, before settling on the tumultuous one they have today.

How many more hundreds, no, thousands of years more before the ties cease to exist?

Produced by: Antonio Ianniello (Teatri Sbagliati), Chong Tze Chien (The Finger Players)
Director/Co-Playwright: Chong Tze Chien

Actors/Co-Playwrights: Antonio Ianniello, Nambi E. Kelley, Oliver Chong
Actors/Puppeteers: Ang Hui Bin, Ong Kian Sin, Tan Wan Sze

Lighting Designer: Lim Woan Wen
Music Composer/Sound Artist: Darren Ng
Vocal Artist: Goh Renhui
Puppetry Designers/Makers: Ang Hui Bin, Ong Kian Sin, Tan Beng Tian

Production Stage Manager: Joanna Goh
Assistant Stage Manager: Celyna He
Puppetry Contractor/Designer: Rene Ong
Technical (Puppetry Lights) Consultant: Lim Wei Ling
Surtitles Operator: Celestine Wong

(Source: Synopsis from The Finger Players Website and Credits from The Finger Players Programme)

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Antonio Ianniello
Co-Producer, Performer, Co-Playwright
Chong Tze Chien
Co-Producer, Co-Playwright, Director
Nambi E. Kelley
Performer, Co-Playwright
Oliver Chong
Performer, Co-Playwright
Ang Hui Bin
Performer, Puppeteer, Puppet Designer, Puppet Construction
Ong Kian Sin
Performer, Puppeteer, Puppet Designer, Puppet Construction
Tan Wan Sze
Performer, Puppeteer
Lim Woan Wen
Lighting Designer


The Book of Living and Dying (2012), Programme
Programme for The Book of Living and Dying (2012).
The Finger Players
Recorded: 4 July 2013